Trinity College has been crowned the Herald Sun Country Shield champions after defeating Ballarat Clarendon by 18-points on a cold and windy afternoon at Deakin University in Warun Ponds. Mark Koelmeyer reports.
There was plenty of motivation for both schools heading into the match, with the pair developing somewhat of a rivalry in recent years.
Ballarat Clarendon was vying for their eleventh Country Shield title after securing the last ten premierships in its past 12 outings, while Trinity College were looking to secure its inaugural title after going down to Ballarat Clarendon in the 2016 decider.
The weather conditions played a factor throughout the match, with both teams combining for 18 behinds. Yet it was Trinity who made the most of its opportunities in front of goal to produce a solid four quarters of football to secure its first Herald Sun Country Shield title.
The teams could not be split throughout the first half with Trinity clinging on to a mere three-point lead at the major break.
The arm wrestle continued in the second half with both teams finding the big sticks, yet it was Trinity who rose to the occasion to boot three goals to one to put the game beyond doubt. The final score was 5.4 (44) defeated 3.8 (26).
There were a number of key performers for Trinity that helped them overcome the reigning premiers, with Campbell Tanis’ performance seeing him secure best on ground honours.
Teammate Daniel Demasi was the only multiple goal kicker of the game kicking two goals while Denver Murnane, Cullan Spence and Tanis finished the match with one apiece.
Other players including Oliver McGuane, Bailey Scott, Will Mulgrew and Lachy Mulder were also big contributions to Trinity’s win.
For Clarendon, Darcy McEldrew took home best on ground honours for his side, while teammates and TAC Cup Greater Western Victoria Rebel players Cooper Heard, Charlie Wilson and co-captain Matt Schnerring were among the standout players.
Fellow Clarendon players Sam Kyatt, Dylan Graham, Loris Bayly and Ben Hobbs were also noteworthy performers on a tough day for Ballarat.
The Herald Sun Shield competition will continue next month, when the Division 2 Senior Boys Grand Final will be played on September 13 while the Division 2 Senior Girls decider will be held on September 19.